Nicole Winfield

Nicole Winfield is an author at Religion News Service.

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Retired judge finds no reliable evidence against Quebec cardinal; purported victim declines to talk

By Nicole Winfield and Rob Gillies — May 22, 2024
ROME (AP) — The allegations were contained in an amended class-action lawsuit filed in Canadian court against 100 current and former church personnel of the archdiocese.

Vatican Museums staff challenge the pope with a legal bid for better terms and treatment

By Nicole Winfield — May 13, 2024
ROME (AP) — The 49 employees, museum staffers, cited the social teaching of the Catholic Church and Francis’ own appeals for employers to respect the dignity of workers in demanding better treatment.

Holy Year or holy mess, Vatican and Rome begin dash to 2025 Jubilee with papal bull, construction

By Nicole Winfield — May 9, 2024
VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis will preside over a ceremony in St. Peter’s Basilica for the formal reading of the papal bull, or official edict, that lays out the spiritual theme of hope for the year.

Pope visits Venice to speak to the artists and inmates behind the Biennale’s must-see prison show

By Paolo Santalucia and Nicole Winfield — April 29, 2024
VENICE, Italy (AP) —Francis traveled to the lagoon city to visit the Holy See’s pavilion at the Biennale contemporary art show and meet with the people who created it.

Vatican complains after French court rules in favor of nun dismissed from religious order

By Nicole Winfield — April 15, 2024
ROME (AP) — The case is highly unusual, because it represented a secular civilian court essentially determining that the Vatican’s in-house canonical procedures grossly violated the nun’s fundamental rights.

Brazil’s Yanomami leader asks the Pope to support President Lula in reversing damage to the Amazon

By Nicole Winfield — April 11, 2024
VATICAN CITY (AP) — History’s first Latin American pope has made caring for the environment, especially the Amazon, a hallmark of his papacy.

Peru archbishop who sued 2 journalists over reports on abuses, financial corruption resigns early

By Franklin BriceÑo and Nicole Winfield — April 4, 2024
ROME (AP) —The Vatican has had its eye on religious movement Sodalitium Christianae Vitae, which has chapters across South America and the U.S., for over a decade.

Pope exposes confidential details of past conclaves and settles scores with Pope Benedict XVI’s aide

By Nicole Winfield — April 3, 2024
VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis's frail health has raised questions about how much longer he will remain pope, whether he might follow in Emeritus Pope Benedict XVI’s footsteps and resign.

Vatican to publish document on gender, surrogacy and human dignity next week

By Nicole Winfield — April 2, 2024
ROME (AP) — Cardinal Víctor Manuel Fernández, the new prefect of the Dicastery for the Doctrine of the Faith, will hold his first news conference to present the document “Infinite Dignity, on human dignity,” on April 8, the Vatican announced Tuesday.

Pope overcomes health concerns to preside over Easter Mass and appeal for peace in Gaza and Ukraine

By Nicole Winfield — March 31, 2024
ROME (AP) — Francis appeared in good form, despite having celebrated the 2½-hour nighttime Easter Vigil just hours before. The pontiff, who had part of one lung removed as a young man, has been battling respiratory problems all winter.

Pope Francis skips Palm Sunday homily at start of busy Holy Week that will test his health

By Nicole Winfield — March 26, 2024
ROME (AP) — The Holy Week schedule is challenging for popes even under the best of circumstances.

Belgian bishop defrocked 14 years after admitting to abusing nephew

By Nicole Winfield — March 22, 2024
ROME (AP) — The Vatican announcement that Francis had laicized Vangheluwe came a few months before the pope is due to visit Belgium, where the case would have been an unwelcome and problematic distraction.

Pope acknowledges criticism and health issues but says in his new memoir he has no plans to retire

By Nicole Winfield — March 15, 2024
VATICAN CITY (AP) — Francis, who had part of one lung removed as a young man, has been battling bronchitis, the flu and a cold on and off this winter and for the past two weeks has asked an aide to read most of his speeches.

German bishops to head to Rome after Vatican demands they scrap a vote on contentious lay council

By Nicole Winfield and Geir Moulson — February 26, 2024
ROME (AP) — A regular meeting of the German Bishops’ Conference this week had been expected to vote on the statutes of a committee that would have prepared for the future council.

Woman who says she was abused spiritually and sexually by a once-famous Jesuit demands transparency

By Nicole Winfield — February 22, 2024
ROME (AP) — The Jesuits kicked Marko Rupnik out of the order last year after he refused to respond to allegations of spiritual, psychological and sexual abuses by about 20 women.
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